Zoom has fixed this security bug on Apple MacBook devices – Gadgets Now

Video conferencing app Zoom has gained a lot of popularity lately as a lot of professionals are working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Taking into account the increased number of users and popularity, the company has now started to act fast in resolving security issues. Recently, a software engineer Felix Seele found out that Zoom’s macOS installer works around Apple’s OS restrictions with the help of “the same tricks that are being used by macOS malware” to get its software on Mac devices, as reported by The Verge.

This means that Zoom app was being installed without the final consent of users, courtesy the misleading prompt which automated the install process. Learning about this issue Zoom CEO Eric S Yuan took to Twitter to respond and promised to resolve the issue and improve the situation. So, finally, Zoom has now rolled out an update that has resolved this problem.

As reported by The Verge, Seele said, “They completely removed the preinstall stuff, so you now need to click through the installer as it ought to be,” explains Seele in a message to The Verge. The fake prompt has also been removed so users have to specifically click through and install Zoom. “I must say that I am impressed,” says Seele. “I expected them to maybe change the dialog, but since the ‘zero-click’ aspect was so important to them, I thought they would stick with the preinstall-trick.”

Zoom acted pretty quickly on this issue. The app managed to resolve the problem just two days after its CEO addressed the issue. Apart from this, Zoom has also paused its future updates for 90 days and is now addressing various security and privacy issues with the app.

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The report also adds that for the next three months, Zoom will focus on fixing various security issues with the app. The company has also revealed that it had 10 million daily meeting participants in December and the figure has now reached 200 million because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


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